Apparently, the former Presidents are like the former soldiers, they never die, they just fade away. Or they do not fade away at all? This is the case now with the Former President Obama.
As few sources declare he hit the road to Berlin where he will be seeing German Chancellor Angela Merkel. This is happening while the current President Donald trip is on his first trip abroad I must add.
In Berlin, Merkel and Obama apparently will appear together at an event called “Being Involved in Democracy: Taking on Responsibility Locally and Globally” which is dated to start on Thursday.
While that sounds like the kind of book that Noam Chomsky would write the forward to, it’s actually part of an event by the Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag (German Protestant Church Conference) to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The event is being sponsored by the Obama Foundation.
“President Barack Obama’s attending the Kirchentag in Berlin, which will ring in the Reformation Summer, underlines the international character of our 500th-anniversary celebrations,” a statement on the event’s website by Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm reads.
“The churches form a global civil society network of over two billion Christians. Together, as people of faith, we live from the firm hope for a better world. Anyone who is pious also has to be politically minded. I am looking forward to enthusiastic debates during the Reformation Summer 2017.”
This is somewhat ironic when you consider the fact that the president wasn’t exactly too keen on protecting the rights of Christians at home or abroad during his presidency.
Also ironic is the location of the event — Berlin’s iconic Brandenberg Gate. Back in 2008, then-Sen. Obama wished to speak there while he was on the campaign trail, but Merkel vetoed it, feeling it was unseemly for an individual to give a campaign speech in front of one of Germany’s most hallowed landmark.
What, pray tell, does Merkel think that the former president is doing now? This is a man who seems utterly thunderstruck that Americans decided not to take his endorsement of Hillary Clinton and pleas to vote Democrat last November as a sort of pronouncement from the chair.
So, instead of embracing tradition and fading into the background to give his successor room, he jets around the world telling us all how we really, really should have listened to him — even as our actual, elected president embarks on his first major world tour.
I have no idea who does he think that he is representing. It is time for him to face the reality that Donald Trump is now the only one who can fix our problems and improve our country.